One of the most socially important programmes of the Belarusian Children’s Fund is the programme called “Warm Home”.
The aim of the programme is to find families for orphaned children and create family type homes.
A family type home is a family bringing up at least 5 orphaned children.
Within the framework of the programme, the Belarusian Children’s Fund together with local authorities creates family type homes. The decision about the creation of a family type homes is taken by the local regional executive committee.
Creation and functioning of a family type home is carried out in accordance with Regulation ¹289 “On family type homes” adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus on February 28, 2006.
Within the framework of the programme the Belarusian Children’s Fund:
ü Selects families, which are ready to bring up 5 or more orphaned children, together with local education departments;
ü Provides family type homes with residential facilities by means of buying homes, which are legally considered to be the property of the Belarusian Children’s Fund for 15 years;
ü Concludes rental agreements with parents of family type homes, which are registered by local executive committees, in accordance to which a house and its land are given to the family type home for use free of charge. Maintenance of a family type home is covered out of the local authorities’ budget. Parents-educators receive salary, the Government pays child benefits, covers public utilities’ cost and renders other help to family type homes. The tenant, a children’s family type home, makes small repairing of the building, pays insurance and land taxes. In line with the terms of the agreement, in 15 years the house can pass into the ownership of the family free of charge provided that during the 15-year period the family retains the status of the family type home and there are no claims from the Belarusian Children’s Fund (the Landlord) as to the fulfillment of its obligations;